Watch Mahler and the Millionaire

Watch Mahler and the Millionaire


norman lebrecht

January 08, 2016

The philanthropist has posted a Youtube video in memory of her friend, Gilbert Kaplan, who died on New Year’s Day.

New online, here’s a 30-minute BBC-TV documentary I made about Gil ¬†Kaplanin 1987 (not as listed), titled ‘Mahler and the Millionaire’.

I think that’s a grey cord suit I’m wearing, very hipster. The hair, too, is of its time.

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  • Sly says:

    Has anyone been able to locate online the documentary shot during the recording of his first “Mahler second” album, and broadcast once on BBC tv 2, as somebody said in a comment to last week’s article on this website ?

  • Petros LInardos says:

    Thank you for bringing to our attention your documentary. Very interesting indeed. I was particularly fascinated by Maureen Forrester’s comments on conductors.

  • Peter Phillips says:

    Thank you for finding the programme, as I had suggested, and enabling us to see it. My wife and I were in the combined choir and even saw our younger selves briefly. But, above all, seeing the film again brought back the excitement and the electricity of the occasion – both occasions, since GK wanted to re-record the last movement. As I recall, although the LSO Chorus are credited on the liner, they were not present for the retake. The choir line-up was the BBC National Chorus of Wales, the Dyfed Choir, Cardiff Polyphonic Choir and the Ardwyn Singers, all coached by John Hugh Thomas. Thank you again, Norman; seeing it at this distance was a remarkably emotional experience.

  • Rick says:

    Thank you for uploading this. First time viewing this documentary. Mr Kaplan is an inspiration to all who want to follow their passion.

  • R says:

    I listened to the whole of Oskar Fried’s Mahler 2 last night and found it to be the finest interpretation of Mahler 2 I have ever heard.

  • Peter says:

    The video is blocked in many countries, because the Youtube parasites and enemies of us musicians and content creators do not want to pay their usage fees.